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Republicans use Biden gaffe to cast doubt on Obama

Video by Carla WESTERHEIDE

Text by AFP

Latest update : 2008-12-09

Democratic VP hopeful Joseph Biden said at a Seattle fundraiser that the world would test "Barack Obama the way it tested John F. Kennedy," leading Republicans to publicly question Obama's mettle in handling crises.

Republican John McCain's campaign Monday said Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph Biden was unsure that front runner Barack Obama could confront the tough decisions awaiting the next US president.
Biden's statements were "very revealing," said McCain's foreign policy advisor    Randy Scheunemann, referring to Biden's appeal to big Democratic donors for help when Obama would, if elected, confront difficult decisions in the White House.
At a fundraiser in Seattle, Washington, late Sunday Biden said "it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama the way it tested John F. Kennedy," referring to the late US president's confrontations with Cuba and Russia.
Scheunemann said Kennedy's fiascos in 1961 -- the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and unconvincing meeting with Soviet leader Nikita Khsrushchev that did not avert the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 -- were not reassuring examples for Biden to make.
Biden's "gaffe," the spokesman said in a telephone conference, revealed his true thoughts -- that Obama if elected president "would invite testing" by US enemies and that his responses "would not be the right ones."

Date created : 2008-10-22